So when I found Where the Heart Is by Janet Lambert at the local public library's Spring book sale I felt it was luck, with maybe a bit more than luck sprinkled in. For a mere fifty-cents, this little green book with its worn cover and bent corners was exactly what I needed to help me slip away to the country life for 30 minutes every evening.
My well loved copy was printed in 1949, and it is a children's book, geared more towards teenage girls of that time. It's about a family who temporarily moves from the city to the country.
Because it is a children's book, the story is quite simple and easy to read. It's the type of book I'd read on a rainy day, while sitting on a front porch swing (if I had one) with a warm quilt draped across my lap and a cup of tea on the side table.
|Mmmm, this would do, but it needs more cushions and maybe a cat.|
Christy becomes friends with Roger, the stable boy who lives down the lane. Roger introduces Christy to the "whole gang" and together they have a summer filled with trips into the local village, hay rides, picnics, and bicycle rides down country lanes. But then, Cousin Edwin comes home early (dun dun dun). Will he kick them out of the barn leaving them homeless? Will their house in the city ever be ready for them, or will they stay in the country? Will Cousin Edwin ever smile!? The ending is all very neat and tidy *sigh* and they all live happily ever after.
Janet Lambert did write a second Christy Drayton book called Treasure Trouble and I hope to read that one as well if I can find it. That's one of the hard parts about these great old books, they are sometimes difficult to find and even more difficult to purchase.
Autumn would like this book and if I can tear her away from her Nancy Drew Mysteries I will read it to her this summer.
Have a Happy Day!